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Old 03-14-2013, 07:06 PM
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What a beautiful little girl she is
Thank you! I adore her, in case that wasn't obvious from all of my brag posts about her. I've really gotta tone it down a bit one of these days... but it's so hard.



As of today, Journey is 19" tall and 34lbs. This confuses me, because Merlin is taller and yet weighs slightly less haha. She's certainly not fat though. I swear most of it is her brick of a chest. I was kind of hoping this would be her adult height, but at just 5 1/2 months, I think that's wishful thinking. I don't think she has too much more left height wise to grow, though. Her growth knuckle on her front legs is a lot smaller than it was. I'm guessing she'll be about 20.5 to 21 inches... hopefully!

She's so funny. She has this weird quirk that if you're wearing a jacket or long sleeves, she has to stick her nose in the sleeve to rest her head on your wrist/hand. No idea why. Weirdo. She also has a not-so-subtle way of insisting I do things with her. Like shoving a Bully Stick into my leg, or grumbling and rubbing/wiggling all over me like a cat while holding a toy/bone/chew. She's such a happy little dog. Always wiggling and smiling about something, or bouncing of course. Her bouncing scares me actually. She's so exuberant about it and will literally bounce right into things and I worry she'll hurt herself. Silly puppy.

She dealt with a charity Mariachi band the other day like a pro. She just calmly watched them and wondered why those silly humans were making so much noise.

As silly as it is, one of my favourite things about her is how easy it is to do her nails. Thank goodness. My other three tolerate it, but Dance struggles annoyingly for her front feet and the Dobermans always try to pull their feet away and kangaroo kick with their back legs. Scary when you also have a power tool in your hand! It's not Journ's most favourite thing in the world, but she lies there nice and relaxed and with no tension at all. It's so nice.

I think she's going to be an awesome sport dog for me. I am so excited to start taking different classes with her. Being a newbie to it all, I'm sure I'll make mistakes, but she's such an eager and happy dog and loves to try anything and everything without fear. She's not hard nor soft either, which is awesome and what I was hoping for. She catches onto stuff incredibly quickly and tries so hard and wiggles her little nub the entire time. She just loves doing things. She loves accompanying Dance and I to Flyball and practicing recalls and ball retrieves (on the ground) to a tug and just hanging out and showing people what she can do and how cute she can be haha. We went to an Agility practice as well with the Flyball group just because I wanted to see what Dance still remembered (which was everything! I feel like I've deprived her of her most favourite thing - gotta get her back into classes so we can learn more together) and wanted to watch and hang out with everyone. But Journey came along too, as usual, and got to play with a wobble board and a tunnel and thought that was just so much fun. She starts a puppy foundations Agility class on Tuesday which I'm looking forward to.

And here are a few goofy pictures from our day at work yesterday...

She's making me go broke. I miss her little puppy teeth that took forever to go through bones and chews haha. Now she's like a big dog and takes no time at all to finish something. But I feel bad if she doesn't have something to chew during the day at some point.











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Old 03-14-2013, 08:05 PM
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Oh gosh, she sounds like the most perfect puppy in every way.
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Oh gosh, she sounds like the most perfect puppy in every way.
Echoing this! She sounds amazing. I'm so glad that we have her and Merlin to watch grow up. She's just beautiful <3
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Man, she is growing up so pretty! She sounds like such a fun dog to live with.
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Journey knows a lot more than this video shows, and is working on a bunch more, but here is a video of a few of the things we've worked on over the last month or so. Some pivots to find heel position, her down, high five, practicing waits/stays around the other dogs being exciting/interesting, and some hind end awareness stuff at the end that we just started (next time I get a puppy, I'll do that first! It took her a while to figure out to not use her front feet for everything).



And sorry about the lame music. I forgot to add some before I uploaded it and Youtube only gave me so many choices and I got annoyed trying to find something haha.

I'm excited that I sort of figured out how to edit videos today! I've never done that before. Now that I know how, I might try harder to get better video footage of all the dogs now. :-)


Oh, and Dance would like you all to know that she's much better at catching frisbees than is depicted above. My throws were not good at all and she was tired.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:31 AM
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Since I take an over abundance of pictures that deserve their own threads (otherwise this one would be ridiculously long), I don't post in this one often anymore. But I still like it for general updates and it'll be good to look back on later on.

I just have to say how nice it is to have a 'normal' dog. I don't know what everyone's definition of normal is, but it's been so long since I've had just a take anywhere, do anything dog that is up for anything I ask of her and it's just so, so nice. She is growing up and maturing beautifully and I am just so pleased with her. Truly couldn't be happier.

Her first show is in a couple of months. Seems like a long time from now, but I know it's going to get here before I know it! I'm entering her in one mid-July and then again in the beginning of August. Now I'm just worried that she'll end up going into heat and that would really suck haha. So hopefully she gets that done and over with before or after.

She just completed an 8 week puppy agility class. Oh man, my poor dog. I have zero handling skills at all LOL. I hope I get my act together soon, because our trainer has really high hopes for miss Journ and is really excited about her. She loves watching her work with me and thinks she's very together for a puppy. We're taking a break from classes right now while I finish up with other things, but I want to get her back into something ASAP. I miss classes when we're not in any so much.

She doesn't come to work very often anymore. I miss her there sometimes, but I was worried that customers' dogs were going to ruin her. So many of them would charge the gate where I keep Journey and growl at her and it was making her nervous and I didn't want her to get defensive or anything, because she's so far a very dog friendly dog. So I just feel like it's in her best interest to stay at home while I'm at work, because I can't control the situations at work properly because the customers don't realize their dog is being rude and intimidating. But she's fine with her new arrangements. She's a super adaptable dog.

Any concern I had about SA and crate anxiety is gone. It was over as quickly as it started haha. Puppies! Always needlessly making you worry.

We do need to work on more impulse control. She has a very hard time focusing around frantic, moving, excited dogs and just wants to chase and bark and play (not in an OCD herding way - just an overly excited, fixated puppy way). Thankfully she's easy to redirect and I actually didn't realize this was even a thing of hers until Agility class, but now I know, so it's something we'll work on more.

She's seriously the best dog in the world. I'm not sure if I believe in the term 'heart dog' or not, but she's a seriously special little dog. As bad as it sounds, I almost forgot what it was like to just have a dog that you flow with and connect with and enjoy so much and so easily. I love all of my dogs, but Journey is just... different. All I can say is thank goodness Fran spammed Chaz with a million little Aussie puppy pictures and updates LOL. Who knows, another dog might have fit me really well too, but it really amazes me how perfect Journey is for me. I couldn't love a dog more. Sometimes I look at her and wonder just how I got so lucky.

She is 7 months old now. I weighed and measured her the other day. She's still holding out at 19 3/4" tall and is 39lbs. She hasn't grown in a while, but she still looks like she has a bit of a growth knuckle on her front legs, so I think she has another 1/4 to a 1/2" to go.

She discovered a new favourite toy today. The Chuckit Flying Squirrel. I've been trying to build disc drive in her, but surprisingly, she simply doesn't care about disc. We're getting there, slowly. But today I decided to bring the squirrel toy out because nobody else likes it much and she thought it was just the Best. Thing. Ever. Perfect for chasing, fetching, and most importantly, tugging!















And here are a few videos! The last two are really long and I don't really expect anyone to watch them LOL. But I take so many pictures and realized I barely have any video, and that's the one thing I wish I had of past dogs, so I'm trying to take lots of everyone lately.

This one is from our agility class the other night. The class was mostly focused toward flat work, but we got them used to different obstacles too. And at the end of this night we got to play little games with some of the equipment. Normally they didn't jump, but our instructor said that with the size and ages of the puppies, two little jumps wouldn't hurt anything and they were more walking over or striding over them anyway. I don't know, but I do know Journey is way more hard on herself just in everyday life, so I wasn't worried about 10 seconds of jumping in class on the cushy floor. And keep in mind I am posting this at the risk of embarrassing my know-nothing-about-Agility-self haha. There were better parts, I promise I get more excited with her most of the time, but my mom isn't the best videographer in the world haha. She was too busy talking and trying to figure out how to work the camera. It was hard enough just to salvage these few clips!



This one is just of a walk with Dance and Journey last Saturday. Mostly Dance waiting for the ball to be thrown and being told to walk ahead (she always gets lost behind sniffing things or stepping on my heels lol), and Journey running around a bit and being cute.



And this one is just a hanging out in the yard day before I went to work. Mostly it's Ripley being sucky, Dance being cute and Journey being a pest haha. And Keira was around but busy eating who knows what (grass, dirt, leaves, whatever), so she's not featured really.

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Awh, she seems like she's growing up so magnificently, I'm glad you are really enjoying her and she's "working"! I, too, forgot what it was like to have a go anywhere dog until I got my GSD back from my ex last week... it is really such a relief to just have a great, obedient dog that you don't have to worry about too much.

The videos were awesome, too, and you look like a great handler, already! I didn't see any arm crossing, spinning, or falling, so I think you're in good shape!

She is just gorgeous. I'm usually not a fan of tris, but she is really something.
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Aaaaaah I love the video showing the pivot work! Mainly because something just clicked in my brain about how to make use of it! Lol.

She is looking so grown up!!!! She's turned out so nice
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This isn't really an update, but it's not 'good news' either, so I wasn't sure where to put it haha. I just wanted to take a moment to say how great it feels to have a dog that touches the lives of so many. I meet so many people every day thanks to her, and she just brings so much happiness and openness to people that I've never experienced before. Likely because I keep Dance away from strangers most of the time, and nobody really wants to cuddle the Dobermans, but there does seem to be just something about Journ inparticular that brings the joy out of people. It feels so good to do something as simple as take my dog for a walk, or take her to work, and make so many people smile and brighten their day.

More than anything, this dog is meant for therapy work I think. She's just the sweetest, kindest little girl and for as nuts and crazy as she can be when I want her to be, she also is just so calm and easy going and has that same effect on those that she meets. It's such a nice feeling. And no matter how rough my day might have been, it's just moments like that that totally make a day just a little bit better. I love making people happy, and to do it with my dog is awesome.

I mean, really, how could you walk into your local dog food store and resist this?





And the pretty girl coming home on the train tonight.



And apparently she's grown an awful lot since the last time I had her at work. I don't bring her often anymore because some customers have super rude dogs that I was worried would ruin her, but I brought her today and everyone seriously thought that she was a different dog. Not even sarcastically, someone genuinely didn't believe me that Journ was a puppy haha. Not only does she not really look like one anymore, but she most certainly doesn't act like one at work either.

But anyway, yep, just another Journey brag as usual! I'm pretty sure you can expect these for the rest of her life.

I hope she stays this wonderful forever.




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Awh, she seems like she's growing up so magnificently, I'm glad you are really enjoying her and she's "working"! I, too, forgot what it was like to have a go anywhere dog until I got my GSD back from my ex last week... it is really such a relief to just have a great, obedient dog that you don't have to worry about too much.

The videos were awesome, too, and you look like a great handler, already! I didn't see any arm crossing, spinning, or falling, so I think you're in good shape!

She is just gorgeous. I'm usually not a fan of tris, but she is really something.
Thank you! Haha, I hope one day I can be a good Agility handler. Right now I just feel way in over my head. Me + Coordination does not always go together.

And thanks for the compliment on her as well. I think she's growing up so beautifully. I wasn't a big fan of tris prior to getting her either, and now I see a nice tri and my brain irrationally goes "omg I need another!" for a second LOL. They're my favourite. I kind of hope my next one is another black tri, except with a dark face. But who knows what will happen!

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Aaaaaah I love the video showing the pivot work! Mainly because something just clicked in my brain about how to make use of it! Lol.

She is looking so grown up!!!! She's turned out so nice
Thank you! There is a lot of good use for it really. She is so aware of her hind end that it makes all kinds of things so much easier, but it's definitely been an awesome tool to teach finishes and heel.
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Ack, I love Journey so much. You definitely need to post more pictures
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